A convicted felon who stole equipment from a landfill near Corona and tried to flee from sheriff’s deputies but crashed his car pleaded guilty Thursday to grand theft and was immediately sentenced to two years in jail.

Dakota Michael Shoup, 31, of El Cerrito admitted the felony charge during his arraignment at the Riverside Hall of Justice, and Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Gunn imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Reese, in the predawn hours of Aug. 26, Shoup accessed the county’s El Sobrante landfill at Dawson Canyon and Temescal Canyon roads.

Deputies were alerted to the break-in and went to investigate, at which point they encountered the defendant driving away in a Chevrolet Camaro, Reese said.

He said that Shoup fled without turning his headlights on and seconds later slammed into a utility pole.

The probationer suffered a minor head injury was taken into custody without further incident. He was examined by paramedics and then booked into jail.

According to Reese, several items stolen from the landfill were seized from Shoup’s vehicle.

The defendant has prior convictions for identity theft, mail theft and illegal possession of a firearm, according to court records.

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